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Conflict Period:
Civil War (Union) 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Captain 2
Birth:
26 Aug 1829 2
Death:
04 Jul 1863 2
Gettysburg PA 2
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Full Name:
Wilson B Farrell 1
Birth:
26 Aug 1829 2
Death:
04 Jul 1863 2
Gettysburg PA 2
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Civil War (Union) 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Captain 2
Company:
C 1
Discharge Rank:
Capt 1
Enlistment Rank:
1 Lieut 1
Military Unit:
1st Infantry 1
State:
Minnesota 1

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Wilson B. Farrell

Residence was not listed; 31 years old.
Enlisted on 4/29/1861 as a 1st Lieutenant.
On 4/29/1861 he was commissioned into "C" Co. MN 1st Infantry 
He died of wounds on 7/5/1863 at Gettysburg, PA
(Died at 2nd Division, II Corps Hospital)
He was listed as: Wounded 7/3/1863 Gettysburg, PA 
(Shot in right shoulder & left side)
Promotions: Capt 8/8/1861 

Wilson Bernard Farrell was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on August 26, 1829. 

He was 17, when the Mexican War broke out. He promptly enlisted and on Jan 22, 1846, was placed in Company B of the 3rd Indiana Infantry, commanded by Captain Willis A Gorman, who was afterwards promoted to major. Ironically enough, 15 years later Gorman would again be Farrell's commanding officer; this time in the First Minnesota while fighting a different war. Wilson was with his regiment in all its battles except Buena Vista. He was at that time quite sick and in the hospital. He was discharged for disability on Feb 3, 1847.

Wilson was 31, when news of the attack on Ft Sumter arrived. He assisted James Acker and Samuel Raguet in raising a company of men. This group became Company C of the First Minnesota Infantry. Acker was elected by the men to be their captain. On August 8, 1861, Wilson was elected to be the company's captain, when Acker was promoted to command another regiment in the US Army.

At Gettysburg, Wilson and Company C, were detached from the regiment and serving as provost guard at Division Headquarters. "General Gibbons called up Captain Wilson Farrell, 1st Minnesota, who commanded the provost guard of his division, and directed him for that day to rejoin his regiment. 'Very well, sir' said the Captain as he touched his hat and turned away. He was a quiet, excellent gentleman and a thorough soldier. I knew him well and esteemed him. I never saw him again."

Lt Harmon's full account of Wilson's death was reported in the St Paul Daily Press on July 26th.

"On the 3d inst., all provost guards were ordered to the front, and thus the guard of which the late Captain Farrell was in command was engaged with the enemy...the Captain was one of the first to receive a wound. He was wounded in the breast, when he said to me, "Lieutenant, take command of the company, for I am wounded." Immediately after, and even before he had turned to go to the rear, he received a mortal wound from a minnie ball through the bowels. When he fell, I detailed two men to carry him to the rear. He was put in an ambulance and conveyed to the corps hospital, about two and a half miles from the field. The hospital was an orchard with mother earth for a bed and the canopy of heaven for a covering. Here he died at 12:30 p. m. on the 4th of July. A member of the company remained with him and administered to his wants till the last."

"It was utterly imposible to procur even boards with which to make a box, but he was buried in his blanket under the branches of an apple tree. A head board made from a piece of cracker box, engraved with a jack knife by the drummer boy of his company (probably Henry Fifield), bears his name, rank, and regiment."

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